Frying Tonight – in search of the perfect frying pan

Getting hold of the perfect frying pan is like finding the ideal hairdresser – once you’ve tracked one down, you’re loathe to let them go. So I was most disappointed when my trusty Le Creuset crepe pan started to give up the ghost after 10 years’ service!

However, I was not disappointed when I reached for an alternative – well three in fact, as they proved to be a lot lighter than my Le Creuset when it came to everyday use. A good frying pan is particularly important when creating that golden-crumbed chicken for Katsu curry. And with autumn nearly upon us, thoughts turn to more heart-warming foods like these.

Tefal Ingenio Essential

Is it a frying pan, is it a dish? This nifty frying pan from Tefal comes with a detachable handle, which means you can bake with it, use it to serve food from and even stick it in the fridge. The only thing it doesn’t do is make a cup of tea.

Ingenio Essential

We gave the 30cm frying pan a run for the money and at £24, it performed very well. Featuring Tefal’s durable Resistium® non-stick coating, which is exceptionally easy to clean.

Ingenio Handle

It also has a unique Thermo-Spot to let you know when the pan has reached its optimum cooking.  The base allows even heat distribution to give consistent cooking results and it’s compatible with all hobs excluding induction.

You also have to buy the handle separately, which is a further £15 but this can be used across the entire product range.

Find out more about the Tefal Ingenue Essential.

Stellar Rocktanium

Despite sounding like a heavy metal group, this frying pan is pretty awesome. They come in five different sizes ranging from 20 – 30cm.

SP20 Stellar Speciaity Rocktanium 20cm Frying Pan

They feature a non-stick quantanium coating, which is scratch resistant and certainly stood up to my clumsy cooking techniques, with a 5 year non-stick guarantee to boot.


I liked the riveted handle which provides a firm, safe grip and the pan is suitable for all types of hobs including induction cookers. It makes great fried eggs, I can promise that.

Stellar Rocktanium Pan Review 02

And another bonus is that it’s dishwasher and oven safe – so you can stick it under the grill to brown things.

Stellar Rocktanium frying pan

This is a great investment at around £25.  Get yours Harts of Stur.

Judge Natural

Another nice little pan although I had to admit I prefer the Stellar frying pan for regular use. What I do like about this pan is its look – there’s something rather vintage about it which I find comforting.


It features a natural ceramic coating, which is PFOA & PTFE free and has a thermic base to ensure even cooking across any type of hob.


It costs around £21.00 from Harts of Stur.


Le Creuset Crepe Pan

Although mine is now on the back-burner, I still think this pan is worth a mention because it has produced the best pancakes I have ever made and also fried chicken really well too.


It browns everything evenly and things (used to) come away from the pan effortlessly. It has a tough, PFOA-free non-stick surface inside and out, and an especial hardened body to create a durable and long-lasting pan that can be used on any heat source. The easy release non-stick interior and exterior surfaces are easy to clean, and are tough enough to withstand use of metal utensils, so they say!  I wouldn’t though as that’s how mine got ruined.


Not cheap at £79.00, but there is no doubt it’s a quality piece of kit. You can find them here.



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